Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2019 3:05 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: February 18, 2019
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

It's February, Happy Valentines Day! May you have joy and love in your life.

Random questions for fellow Swappers: 1) how do you upload photos to add on profiles or comments? 2) what are your favorite Planner apps? Food or recipe online or storage ideas? For meal planning and organizing? And also for sharing? 3) which YouTube videos or producers do you watch? 4) how did you learn your art techniques? 5) where do you find stationery or paper supplies? 6) Do you enjoy Valentine's Day? If so, how do you celebrate it?

I just started working from home. It has been magnificent! I cherish all the extra time to do crafts and write letters.

Nature walks and wandering around trails along barren coastline are what I love. I also adore swimming, dancing, yoga... when I’m not reading, writing, and crafting.

Sunny is our rescue pup. She’s from a local animal shelter, part terrier and part chihuahua. I usually prefer big dogs but she’s a good egg. And pretty smart. She loves stones and rocks like me Sabrina, my step-daughter, and Carl, my husband

I was brought up conservatively and sheltered from all the free love of 1969 and hippie freedom going on around me right here in San Francisco. But I find that I’ve embraced that Bohemian attitude but there’s still an element of conservative structure inside me. So I’m eclectic.

For style, I’ve been experimenting with various art forms and mediums: alcohol inks, acrylic, stamps, art markers, spirograph, fiber art, fabrics, coloring, watercolor, gelatos, chalk paint, collage, and more. I’ve been a repressed artist and I’m letting all of my inner artists out to play.

I swim at dusk since my work schedule switched to earlier. Any time I’m in the water is a good time.

I’ve been in various 12 step groups for recovery, AA, Al Anon, SLAA. I’ve done lots of varieties of therapy and I feel like I still need more but art seems to be my main therapy lately,

Thank you for sharing all of you who have sent notes or mentioned this last paragraph. I don’t feel brave I’m just trying everyday to survive and to be happy!

Favorite Crafts

I haven't met a craft I don't like yet. I have been experimenting. Tell me what inspires your craft or writing. What videos or tutorials do you watch? Where do you get your tools or papers?

Favorite Films, TV Shows, Book

The movie, "I Feel Pretty" with Amy Schumer and "Shallow Hal" with Jack Black are a few of my favorites. I'm a big Tony Robbins fan too.

One bad rating or experiences can get me down but I just see us swappers as a whole, connecting to each other and sharing our selves with each other and that makes me happy.

I’m loving the 52 Happiness Lists and related books. I also adore Daphne’s Diary magazine and Bella Grace magazines. They are major inspirations to my soul.

Here’s a list of my favorite authors: Anne Rice; James Baldwin; Sarah Cameron; Jay McInerney; Marion Zimmer-Bradley; Diana Paxson; Ursula LeGuin; Paolo Bacigalupi; Neil Gaiman; Hugh Howey; William Gibson; Neal Stephenson; Banana Yoshimoto; Haruki Murakami; Jim Harrison; Elizabeth Kostova; Eduardo Halfon; Carlos Castanada; Jack Kerouac; Francesca Lia Block; Gita Mehta; Sark; Jon Steele; Jessica Hagedorn.

Non-fiction topics: I listen to cooking & home improvement shows, political shows/watch a lot of news; environmental stuff, travel channel.

Here are authors I read on non-fiction topics: Jack Kornfield, Bob Woodward, Amy Schumer, The Freakonomics anything podcasts, radio hour by Stephen & Steven Dubner & Levitt, Krishna Das also anything, Lon Milo Duquette, Dion Fortune, James Baldwin, John Muir, Oliver Sacks, Tony Robbins, I miss Anthony Bourdain, The Barefoot Contessa, Madhur Jaffery, James Beard, I often read an assortment of non- fiction by authors including Frances Mayes, Angela Duckworth, Tom Peters, Michael Lewis & Michael Pollan.

Wish List

I'm completely open to what you send. I don't have any specific wishes. Thank you sending anything at all!


I love all colors. Here are a few ideas to throw around: jewel colors like bright vivid purple, red, pink, red.

I love seasonal colors: for Autumn-- pumpkin, cinnamon, cardamon colors.

For the Winter-- sparkling, shimmering, crystals, icing I love all these styles.

For Spring-- pastels and soft colors have been captivating me I love the spring. Rain, thawing snow, little baby leaves and animals.

For Summer, I love tropical colors and also the blue water, the sandy beach, and flowers.

I love Art: Impressionist painters like Monet, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec. There are so many to list Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Andy Goldsworthy, even Mark Rothko.

And Dada-like the cut out words.

Surrealist Artists such as Magritte and Dali and more.


earthnk rated for ATC #9: MONTH OF FEBRUARY (2019) on Feb 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC, note, and goodies. Hope your V day was nice.
Comment: Hi Marie -Wow, your Skinny came out really cool. I love all of the doo-dads that you found. I hope you had fun with the swap. It was great to have you as my partner. Take Care -Vanne
Response: Hi Vanne, I'll send you a separate note. I think I sealed my envelope before I had included a note! I did love making this swap and realized I had many more found objects to use!
Comment: It has been great catching up with you again! Thanks for the sweet note.
Response: Yes great to catch up with you! Hugs!
Kellpepper rated for ATC #8: MONTH OF JANUARY (2019) on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: This ATC is gorgeous! I love the trim too, so pretty. Thank you.
Response: Thank you! You are very kind!
Sunie rated for Snail Mail Penpals - International on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your letter 💖 I have replied to it so i Hope you will get it soon 💖
Response: Thank you I can't wait to write back when I get your letter!
Response: Thank you
jessnewson98 rated for It's a Write Day! on Feb 4, 2019
Comment: This postcard is so gorgeous, I am in love with the illustration! Thank you for the little pieces of language you shared with me, I love it! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Response: Awww thank you!
Response: Thank you for rating me!
marijke rated for ISS: 25 Questions on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the answers!
Response: This was fun!
JennLostAndFound rated for Winter - ATC - Snowflake on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: Lovely ATC and beautiful extra papers! Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked everything. I'm happy to share.
SamiE rated for AAA - Mermaid ATC on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: Many thanks for the Mermaid ATC and all the extra goodies.
Response: My pleasure! Glad you liked them.
Comment: Ty - such a great swap with neat extra. Besides, lovely purple card and peppermint-tea from Stash! ❤ I am that happy!
Response: Yes, I'm addicted to mint teas. Or tisanes.
ArtsyEm rated for Write 2 short letters - USA only on Jan 25, 2019
Comment: SO sorry for the late rating. Thank you for your letter, AND your lovely Christmas card. Wishing you all the best this year!
Response: No Worries Em!
kydestar rated for AFWLS:Postcard Penpals 1 on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your postcard & hope you get mine soon (sorry for the delay in the rating)
Response: Yes, will write back soon. Thanks~
jenmcjen rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Pink on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: Ooh, this is so pretty! I love the iridescent pink in the background, and the feathers. Plus envelope, beautiful inside and out. I always love getting mail from you! I'll be so happy to add this to my collection.
Response: Yes I'm hooked on this iridescent pearl. It's made by Golden and I'm looking at ordering a bigger size bottle next go around. I mix it with all kinds of colors!
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and goodies. Congrats on being able to work from home. I have lived in the SF Bay Area... The struggle is definitely real!
Response: You're welcome Wendy
ivanabu rated for TBR:Postcard Penpals 🖊 1 on Jan 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks, Marie, I liked your postcard!
Response: Appreciate the kinds words.
galadkria rated for TBR:Postcard Penpals 🖊 1 on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: well received - thank you so much
Response: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for your artwork and thanks for the stickers as well, they are very pretty :)
Response: Awww glad you liked it all!!
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card :) What a nice happy surprise in my mailbox today! Sounds like you have a wonderful little home over the bay from me, there's a lot to be grateful for. Cheers :) Hope to swap with you again soon! Or exchange letters. Have a great week!
Response: Yes, it's a fun ferry ride to get out of downtown and into the suburbs if you're wondering what it's like. I like going to the North Bay/Marin County at times too.

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reauk on Dec 12, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

from reauk

dear Maria sorry for my mistake in my last posting im in love with sprouts they are my favorite vegetable Love them or hate them, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Brussels sprouts. over here in England our new walkers crisps/chips are sprouts flavour yummy yummy

Angie on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are you a brussel sprout lover?

I adore brussel sprouts though they don't adore me back. My Pekingese love them too.

Happy Brussel Sprouts to you!

LauRad83 on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

we always have a couple of sprouts on our christmas dinner her in england, However none of us are keen.

The only time i liked spouts what when i was pregnant! I would microwave a bowl full and eat them with salt whilst watching tv LOL

sfcorrespondence on Nov 22, 2018:

Hello! I'm Micaela in San Francisco. I noticed we were in the same Autumn and Winter Swap group and just wanted to say hi since you were in the bay area as well! Hope you are doing well and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

hamolla22 on Nov 17, 2018:

Hello! Regarding your question for “Swap a Tag 🏷”, any size and shape for the tags is allowed! Up to you ☺️

LizzyJo on Aug 19, 2018:

It was Van Halen's contract that required no brown M & Ms.

Kellpepper on Apr 28, 2018:

Thank you for joining my swap! I am also pretty sure I have a 1/2 finished letter finish for you.

TC on Oct 16, 2017:

Hey there! I’m not doing much crafting right now but I’m open to an easy postcard swap if it would help you get ratings to get started. Let me know. :) (I also invited you to Newbie Helpers.)

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